February 7, 2016

FA Rumour Mill: Muamba on the move?

Johany Jutras

TORONTO — CFL.ca has you covered with all the latest chatter and rumours regarding free agency from CFL.ca writers, players and FL insiders.

Als shopping Muamba?: Herb Zurkowsky of the Montreal Gazette is reporting that the signing of former San Diego Charger Vaughn Martin may have made former all-star linebacker Henoc Muamba available on the trade market:

Raymond set to join Stubler in Toronto: Keon Raymond has made a decision, as the Calgary Sun‘s Scott Mitchell says the veteran SAM linebacker is headed to Toronto to join Rich Stubler’s defence:

Fuller takes flight?: Is Jeff Fuller on his way to the NFL? According to Scott Mitchell, the Stamps’ free agent has a deal in place with the Seattle Seahawks:

Waters flowing south: The Argos won’t be getting kicker/punter Swayze Waters back in the fold, as he’s landed a contract with the NFL’s Carolina Panthers:

Flyin’ Elsewhere: According to reports, Chad Owens has elected to sign with the rival of his now former club, inking a deal with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.


Bulcke closing in on decision: National DL Brian Bulcke has offers from a pair of Ontario clubs and is expected to land on a decision Thursday according to Gary Lawless:


Waters hoping patience pays off: International kicker Swayze Waters will not decide on whether or not to re-sign with the Argonauts or another CFL team until he has completed a tryout with the Carolina Panthers.


Riders add two more on defence: The Riders have added Otha Foster and could reportedly be set to add Justin Capicciotti as well:

Three teams bidding for Sherritt’s services: According to Kirk Penton, the Argonauts, Stampeders and Eskimos are all still in talks with JC Sherrit’s camp.


Bombers had shot at Cappiciotti: Penton also states that the Bombers’ signing of Keith Shologan came after they made an offer for coveted FA Justin Cappicotti.

Laurent decides to stick with Ticats: It seems like after taking offers from Montreal and Saskatchewan, Ted Laurent has signed a deal with Hamilton.


Bombers bolster D-line — again: The Bombers continued to be a powerhouse on the first day of free agency, this time reportedly coming to terms with interior defensive lineman Euclid Cummings according to CFL.ca’s Justin Dunk:


Familiar territory for Moore: Free agent receiver Nick Moore is returning to familiar territory, as TSN’s Farhan Lalji is reporting Moore will join the BC Lions:

Fantuz staying home: According to the Hamilton Spectator‘s Drew Edwards, local receiver Andy Fantuz has agreed to stay in the Hammer:

Stewart, Edem set to join Lions’ secondary?: The BC Lions could be getting some help in their defensive backfield, as they’re reportedly closing in on former Ticats Brandon Stewart and national Mike Edem:

Riders agree to one-year deal with Chambers: According to CFL.ca’s Justin Dunk, Shamawd Chambers is following his former coach Chris Jones to Regina and has signed a one-year deal with the Roughriders:

Keeping headed to Winnipeg: The Bombers look like they’ve added some much-needed national offensive line depth, as Jeff Keeping is headed to Winnipeg to be reunited with Mike O’Shea:

Als talking to Jovon Johnson, Sam Giguere and Kenny Stafford?: The Alouettes are interested in East Division All-Star CB Jovon Johnson, according to the Montreal Gazette’s Herb Zurkowsky. He also reports the Als are still working on a deal with Winston Venable.  They have also reportedly shown interest in SB Kenny Stafford and potential returnee Sam Giguere:


Meanwhile, CFL.ca’s Justin Dunk is reporting that Samuel Giguere has signed a two-year contract with the Montreal Alouettes.

Stamps could be in on JC Sherritt: According to the Calgary Sun‘s Scott Mitchell, the Stamps have kicked the tires on free agent linebacker JC Sherritt:

Argos Land New Kicker?: According to Justin Dunk the Argos have signed K/P Lirim Hajrullahu


Smith, Bombers reach verbal agreement: After already landing Andrew Harris, Keith Shologan and Justin Medlock, the Bombers have reportedly agreed to a deal with receiver Ryan Smith:

Bombers also land Shologan: According to CFL.ca’s Justin Dunk, the Blue Bombers have also landed national defensive tackle Keith Shologan, who’s signed a two-year contract:


White Headed To BC?: According to reports RB John White is NOT on his way to BC, but offer for Jeremiah Johnson is real…

Lions in on Capicciotti?: According to the Calgary Sun‘s Scott Mitchell, the Lions have made an offer to defensive end Justin Capicciotti, a Simon Fraser graduate who has 23 sacks over the last two seasons:


Medlock Winnipeg Bound?: The Hamilton Spectator‘s Drew Edwards has confirmed that Justin Medlock is signing with the Bombers:

Ottawa leading Trevor Harris sweepstakes?: According to TSN’s Matt Scianitti, the REDBLACKS may have landed themselves the biggest fish in the market.


Andrew Harris heading home? Andrew Harris may be on his way to his hometown of Winnipeg, according to reports.


Bourke getting offers from Argos: Josh Bourke may join his old offensive coordinator in Toronto as reports indicate they have had talks:


Harris A Top Target: Multiple Offers In for Trevor Harris as deadline hits:

Riders Making Late Push On Ainsworth: As per Gary Lawless…

Natey Adjei to test Free Agency: Another Canadian WR to hit the market.

No Offer For Owens: Mike Hogan Reports

Who Gets Big Fish?: No read on Ted Laurent and where he will land.

REDBLACKS set to lose plenty: As per Tim Baines…

Ryan Smith To Test: As Per Gary Lawless Riders will not reach a deal with Smith.

Gillanders Headed To Ottawa?: Is the local boy headed home?

REDBLACKS to Hit Free Agency: Lawless provides update on REDBLACKS free agents.

Big Name Als Set To Test #CFLFA: Venable & Bourke looking headed to Free Agency

Stay Tuned on Harris: The Argos & Harris continue to talk as CFL Free Agency approaches.

Ticats to hit Free Agency: TSN’s Matthew Scianitti reports that a host of Ticats including Ted Laurent & Riders Corey Watman will hit Free Agency at noon.

Getzlaf won’t re-sign: According to Gary Lawless, WR Chris Getzlaf will not reach a deal with the Riders prior to noon ET.

Stafford hoping to stay put: Breakout star receiver Kenny Stafford is a pending free agent on Tuesday, but he tweeted Monday that he hopes to stay in Edmonton:


Messam back with Stampeders: Jerome Messam has all but confirmed his re-signing with Calgary, tweeting this picture Monday evening:


Lions not done there: After expressing hopes to come to terms with both Lulay and Chris Rainey, it appears the Lions have done just that as Lalji also reports the team has reached an extension with Rainey:


Time running out for Ticats?: While some time still remains before noon on Tuesday, TSN‘s Gary Lawless says things are quiet between the Ticats and their pending free agents, including the much talked about Ted Laurent:


Argos lock up Greenwood?: The Argos have locked up another key piece of their national nucleus according to CFL.ca’s Justin Dunk, agreeing to terms with linebacker Cory Greenwood:


Bombers could be after Waters, Medlock: Winnipeg could be looking to make a big splash in the kicking game, as the Hamilton Spectator‘s Drew Edwards reports the Bombers are interested in Swayze Waters and Justin Medlock:


S.J. making a push?: With Winston Venable less than 24 hours from becoming a free agent, Als star receiver S.J. Green is pushing for the team on Twitter so sign the veteran linebacker:


Key Esks set to hit the market?: CHED‘s Dave Campbell  says don’t expect to see pending free agents JC Sherritt, Kenny Stafford, Aaron Grymes or Kendial Lawrence extended before the start of free agency:


Hoffman-Ellis hitting free agency: It’s all but certain Lions linebacker Alex Hoffman-Ellis will become a free agent on Tuesday, as the 26-year-old linebacker tweeted Monday that he will not be back in BC in 2016:


Lulay, Lions come to terms: According to TSN‘s Farhan Lalji, the BC Lions and Travis Lulay have agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension:


Stephen, Ticats getting closer: Both Gary Lawless and Justin Dunk are reporting that a deal between national DB Courtney Stephen and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats is essentially complete:


Laing, Esks a potential match?: CFL.ca’s Don Landry says if Argos highly-touted defensive tackle Cleyon Laing hits the market on Tuesday, Edmonton is a likely fit. The 25-year-old was an East Division All-Star last season and originates from Edmonton:

Lions zeroing in on Lulay, Rainey before Feb. 9: According to the Vancouver Sun‘s Mike Beamish, the BC Lions are zeroing in on two pending free agents ahead of Tuesday’s start of free agency:


All quiet on the Als/Bourke front: It looks like Montreal’s prized offensive lineman and the club are far apart on talks according to Gary Lawless:

Chambers’ days in Edmonton done?: Last season’s Most Outstanding Canadian in the Grey Cup will likely find another club, this according to Don Landry:

Harris and Argos negotiating?: Arguably the biggest name in the free agent market come Tuesday will be quarterback Trevor Harris.  Argos GM Jim Barker said last December that they were hopeful he would be back.   As the deadline nears, could negotiations be back on between the two parties?  TSN’s Matthew Scianitti reports they may have:

Owens, Argos not so much: Sticking with the Argonauts, Mike Hogan reported earlier in the week that star slotback Chad Owens wishes to remain in Toronto the two sides are far apart in contract negotiations, GM Jim Barker told TSN‘s Mike Hogan. Owens is due to become a free agent on Feb. 9.:

Messam could avoid free agency: According to Scott Mitchell, Jerome Messam re-joining the stamps is a real possibility.  The bruising tailback said a month ago that he would welcome a return to Calgary:


REDBLACKS defence will likely see turnover: REDBLACKS GM Marcel Desjardins conceded in an interview with TSN 1200 that the team will have some holes to fill on the defensive side of the ball with some of this off-season’s departures, some of which may be filled through signing new talent from south of the border. Justin Capicciotti, Jovon Johnson, Keith Shologan and Brandyn Thompson are all defensive starters set to hit the market on Feb. 9.: